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One of the most im­pres­sive un­der­wa­ter land­scapes in the Ca­nary Is­lands, the basaltic for­ma­tion known as La Ra­padura — Por­tuguese for brown sugar — emerges from the seafloor to within a few me­ters of the sur­face. These beau­ti­ful hexag­o­nal columns are the re­sult of molten lava that came in con­tact with the sea — as the magma cooled, the sloughed rock frac­tured in the form of a prism. Due to con­stant ero­sion over eons, some of these huge columns col­lapsed down to 160 feet deep, leav­ing at its base some­thing that re­sem­bles a ru­ined city. Free­d­iv­ing is the purest way to en­joy this un­der­wa­ter land­scape.

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CA­NARY IS­LANDS

LO­CA­TION La Ra­padura, Tener­ife

PHO­TOG­RA­PHER Montse Grillo

Clock­wise from top: ex­plor­ing La Ra­padura by scooter; an ar­row crab; green sea tur­tles off Tener­ife; a pod of pi­lot whales.

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